If you've read my previous posts you'll know that a couple of weeks ago I decided to investigate some jewellery making workshops to try and learn some new technicques. I saw a basic necklace making workshop advertised at The Bead Shop Scotland and, although I've been making all sorts of necklaces for a while, I thought it would do no harm to go along and see if there was a better way to do things as I've learned everything from books.
I'm so glad I went. Calottes have always been a bit of a trial for me. Everything I knew about them I'd learned from books and they never quite went into enough detail. As a result I developed a deep mistrust of calottes as a way of finishing off a piece of jewellery. They looked pretty but I never quite trusted them to stay put without filling them with superglue. All that changed last night. Louise, the lady taking the workshop, gave us our calottes and our round nose pliers and showed us the correct way to use them. She added some details the books didn't mention, like the fact that you should crimp the hinges and turn the loop into a full circle so that it can't unravel.
So here were are, my creation from last night, complete with secure calottes:
I dismantled my 'class' effort and started again. Admittedly the only bits from the original are the calottes (yay!) and fasteners but I think it's improved slightly:
The beads that look grey in the photo are actually almost silver. Silly camera! Reflect reality why don't you?